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A Message From the Founder


At Funding U we believe that high-achieving college students – regardless of family income - deserve the resources needed to complete their degree and get started on their career goals.

Young consumers - particularly those who grew up in low- or moderate-income households - are shut out by the bank requirements for co-signers and/or income.

We started Funding U to provide a loan that students can get on their own, based on hard work, tenacity, and focus - not based on the income level or credit score of a loan cosigner. We wish no one needed student loans. But, in a world in which college costs are high, financial aid is limited, federal loans have small caps, and banks won’t provide loans without a cosigner, we chose to offer a solution.

We love technology, value human honesty and ‘real’ answers, and we always want feedback. But, most of all, we are honored to be part of our borrowers’ journeys towards their academic goals and professional dreams.


Founder + CEO

Our Team

Peter DeWeese
Chief Technical Officer
Brandon McBride
Chief Operating Officer
Max Marquardt
Head of Analytics & Acting CFO
Brian McLean
Senior HR Advisor
Alan Ishida
Regional Director of Business Development
Lauren Davis
Director of Marketing Operations
Larry Ficych
Lead Underwriter
Ryan Bradburn
Senior Developer
Raul Chavarria
Lending Manager
Freddie DeWeese
Dan Kimerling
Director - Managing Partner Deciens Capital
Lora Robertson
Head of Capital Markets, Director - Partner Ret. Goldman Sachs
Todd Eicher
Director - CEO, TME Ventures